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27 Todd Street
Ministry of Labour,
Level 3, 50 - 54 Duke Street,
Port of Spain.
Former Independent Senator, Senior Counsel
Dana Saroop Seetahal, was assassinated at
12.05 am on May 4, 2014. Two months shy of her
59th birthday, Seetahal was shot dead near the
Woodbrook Youth Facility, as she drove along
Hamilton Holder Street, Woodbrook, on the way
to her One Woodbrook Place apartment. To date
her killers remain free.
In this final publication of a four-part series,
senior reporter ANNA-LISA PAUL talks to the
family about their quest to find answers and
presents the reflections of some of Seetahal's
close friends and former colleagues.
THE KILLING OF DANA SEETAHAL
"She never judged, she listened
and championed your position. If
it ever came to the crunch, Dana
was the person you would call."
Remembering her last social visit
with Seetahal on January 14, 2014
-- which incidentally was Seetahal's
second house-warming party at
her apartment at One Woodbrook
Place --, Murray said, "She cer-
tainly knew how to entertain. She
always did everything to the max."
Professionally, the last interac-
tion the two had was when See-
tahal represented Murray before
the Court of Appeal, in a matter
in which the Director of Public
Prosecutions had appealed a ruling
handed down by Murray.
Describing Seetahal's plan of
action at the time, Murray said,
"She was the zenith of profession-
alism. The best you can ask for in
a friend and lawyer."
Providing a glimpse of the inner
turmoil she still feels over Seeta-
hal's death, Murray's voice dropped
as she confided, "I am still bereft.
The gaping hole in my heart for
Dana remains as wide as it was
"Prior to leaving the magistracy,
I called Dana and told her I wanted
to be her junior. That was one of
the main reasons for leaving the
magistracy, to fulfill my dream to
junior Dana at the Court of Appeal.
"She encouraged me to pursue
my dream and even extended an
invitation, but I didn't get a chance
to do that."
Murray said following Seetahal's
death she was "in a deep depres-
sion, unable to work for a while."
One of the telling signs that
Seetahal's death had a profound
impact on her, Murray said, is that
she lost the zeal for criminal pro-
"I don't do much criminal work
now and that is a direct result of
her death. I don't go to the criminal
courts now, even after one year."
Asked to comment on the ongo-
ing police investigation into the
killing, Murray challenged the
authorities to do better than they
had thus far.
"I believe the police can do
much better and they should be
called to account for their lack of
She continued, "It is hurtful and
ironic, as she was always assisting
and advising police and to think
that the police themselves are not
acting as quickly as they should,
that is hurtful."
Agreeing that there were a lot
of rumors about why Seetahal was
killed, Murray said the lack of
credible information from the
police had led to this development.
Seetahal's family and the coun-
try, she said, deserved to know
"who called the shot and to know
that person is brought to justice."
Murray went on, "The police
are very efficient in bringing people
before the court and proving their
case, what is so different about
this case? I don't believe the police
are inept or inefficient because I
have seen them at work, they very
well know their jobs, so I have to
Claiming that it was irre-
deemable now, Murray said, "Any-
body they bring before the court
now in respect of her killing, it is
irredeemable as one year has
Criminal justice guru
Today marks one year since See-
tahal was gunned down as she
drove along Hamilton Holder
Street, Woodbrook, on her way to
her One Woodbrook Place apart-
ment. She had minutes before left
the Ma Pau Casino on Ariapita
Arguing that Seetahal's death
was not a random crime, Murray
said she doesn't believe that other
prosecutors were targets. However,
she acknowledged that "until her
killers and those who ordered her
murder are caught, we shall never
rest easy in this country."
Former chamber-mate and now
director of the Police Complaints
Authority, David West, also
expressed similar sentiments.
Still in shock over the brutal
murder which he said represented
a "very dark day for Trinidad and
Tobago," West said Seetahal's
knowledge of the judicial and the
criminal justice systems had made
her an invaluable asset to this
"She was the expert specialist,
the guru on the criminal justice
system in T&T, and for somebody
to assassinate her in that manner
was saying to the justice system
that I can do what I want to, you'll
have no control over me," he said.
West continued, "That is the
signal, in my view, that was sent.
For someone to do that in such a
callous and cold blooded way, was
sending a strong signal to our judi-
cial and law enforcement."
Agreeing that months and hours
of surveillance on Seetahal had
gone into planning her murder,
West expressed faith in the police
to solve the crime.
"But like everybody else, we
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Ironic and sad.
These were only two of the words used by close
friend and former Magistrate Marcia Murray to describe
the unsolved investigation into Dana Seetahal SC's
During an interview at her chambers, Keystone Law,
last week, Murray surprisingly revealed that her decision
to leave the bench after 12 years had been influenced
after consulting Seetahal -- as one of her dreams had
been to junior Seetahal.
Revealing the circumstances that led to her decision,
Murray, who first met Seetahal in 1990 when the two
worked at the Office of the Director of Public Pros-
ecutions, smiled as she recalled the numerous stories
they swapped about the attempted insurrection.
Declaring that Seetahal always had an eye for detail,
Murray said, "She was truly a champion, of your
friendship with her, your rights, any problem or position
you took to her, she sought to champion you.
Marcia Murray during an
interview with the T&T
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